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Romford Pictures: Cancer battles inspire successful coffee mornings in Havering

PUBLISHED: 10:47 04 October 2013 | UPDATED: 09:23 11 October 2013

Kerrie Munro, Sarah Kavanagh and Jean Kavanagh at their coffee morning

Kerrie Munro, Sarah Kavanagh and Jean Kavanagh at their coffee morning

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Residents young and old made cakes and served hot drinks on Friday to mark Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and some who attended were driven to participate by personal experiences.

Sharon Jones and Sarah O'Shea at the coffee morning event Sharon Jones and Sarah O'Shea at the coffee morning event

For Sarah Kavanagh her event, in Tees Drive, Romford, was a celebration of her mother-in-law Jean’s fight against breast cancer and also her birthday.

Guests, who helped to raise more than £600, were treated to hot drinks, pastries and champagne.

Jean beat cancer 18 years ago but was diagnosed with the disease in her other breast earlier this year. She has since undergone a mastectomy.

Sarah said: “She is recovering well and her birthday is something to celebrate so we decided to host an event in her honour and raise as much as we could for this worthy charity. She really enjoyed the day.”

Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning at the Romford Golf Club Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning at the Romford Golf Club

Sarah O’Shea held her coffee morning at the RSPCA centre in Harold Hill, which she was given free use of.

She sold products from the Jamie at Home range as well as PartyLite candles and oils, as she is a consultant for both. All the commission raised went to Macmillan.

Sarah’s event struck a chord with her friend Sharon Jones, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in March.

Sharon said: “Luckily they caught it early and cut it out, but it’s been a rollercoaster.

“I’m sure it wasn’t just for me and my own battle with cancer, but Sarah’s support made the day very personal to me.”

Pupils at Hylands Primary School in Romford also hosted a coffee morning.

Havering councillors attended, including council leader Cllr Michael White. A total of £662.84 was raised, beating last year’s amount by more than £100. Among the fun activities was a staff bake-off.

Other coffee mornings in Havering included one at Romford Golf Club, which raised more than £2,000, and another at Elm Park Baptist Church, which added £200 to funds raised.

There was also an “Essex high tea” at the Brickyard Bar and Grill in South Street, Romford, which raised over £7,000.

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